Episode 7: In the Lab with Emanuela Gionfriddo: A Deep Dive into Micro-extraction with TF-SPME
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In this podcast, Emanuela Gionfriddo discusses her work in micro-separation techniques and the analysis of environmental micropollutants and biological samples.

Gionfriddo’s lab utilizes Thin-Film Solid Phase Micro Extraction (TF-SPME) to analyze these samples and has proved to be an effective method for analyzing complex samples. In addition, they have also analyzed metals and were able to achieve improved selectivity using special solid phases in the films.

Gionfriddo’s work aims to analyze a wide range of compounds in complex samples and further exploit the capabilities of the TF-SPME technique. She also mentions the development of a non-targeted method for liquid chromatography and the use of multidimensional GC x GC gas chromatography to identify even more analytes.





Emanuela Gionfriddo

Emanuela Gionfriddo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,

The University of Toledo, OH


Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of The University of Toledo (OH, USA). Research work in Dr. Gionfriddo’s lab focuses on developing advanced analytical separation tools for the analysis of complex biological and environmental samples using green extraction methodologies. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (2013) at the University of Calabria (Italy). She joined Prof. Pawliszyn’s group at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) in 2014 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and manager of the Gas-Chromatography section of the Industrially Focused Analytical Research Laboratory (InFAReL), and within three years, became a Research Associate. Dr. Gionfriddo has authored over 50 peer-reviewed contributions including a patent on PTFE-based SPME coatings. Dr. Gionfriddo is one of the founding members of the Dr. Nina McClelland Laboratory for Water Chemistry and Environmental Analysis at The University of Toledo and she is appointed to the Ohio Attorney General Yost’s Environmental Council of Advisors. Dr. Gionfriddo is the recipient of the 2023 LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award, the 2023 Eastern Analytical Symposium Young Investigator Award and the 2022 ACS Analytical Division Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science. She also serves as the Secretary of the ACS Analytical Chemistry Subdivision on Chromatography and Separation Chemistry. Her research program is currently funded by the National Science Foundation through the 2022 CAREER Award, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and several industrial partnerships.